London Borough of Waltham Forest

Whether as strategic project directors for the £20m Decent Homes Programme or resident liaison officers fielding over 1,000 enquiries from leaseholders, we’ve provided a holistic service to Ascham Homes for seven years.

Through strong, robust and efficient cost control and verification they were able to save £2.7m on contractors’ accounts generating further funding which was fed in to the following year’s programme of works. During this period, through their proactive and collaborative approach, they identified potential risks and bottlenecks in advance and ensured appropriate measures were in place. This has benefited us in delivering these programmes in a very tight timescales and to a high standard whilst still ensuring cost reduction and maximum value for money.”

Andrew Marsh – Head of Asset Management, Ascham Homes

We carried out 2,000 stock condition surveys to the Council’s stock in order to scope works, determine five and 30 year budgets, and package the works most effectively for tendering. This was achieved in less than six months from inception to completion.

In the largest solar panel scheme on social housing in London, we installed panels on the roofs of 1,000 tentants’ homes. Paul Lowenberg, chair of Ascham Homes, said:

“Over the 25 year life of the scheme it will achieve a savings of £2m through electricity being sold back to the grid, which will enable other regeneration works to be undertaken in the Borough.”

In December 2011 a fire devastated one of the Council’s blocks, Fred Wigg Tower. The site was being used by the Ministry of Defence for the 2012 Olympics and we were tasked with ensuring all rectification works were completed by April. We appointed and coordinated specialise subcontractors, liaised with residents and insurance company representatives, and acted as project managers, cost managers, building surveyors and CDM coordinators. The works were completed on time.